Exactly the way it sounds!
With Kids in Class, parents are welcome to bring their children to class for one part of the semester and then complete the other part of their studies online.
Basically, two tutorials will run for each subject. Each will deliver the same content – but in very different ways. One will be a regular class, while the other will be kid-friendly (and noisy!).
In the kid-friendly classes, part of the room will be set up for kids to play by themselves, with a separate space for older children to read or complete homework. Parents are welcome to interact with, or be joined by, their children at any time throughout the class.
During the kid-friendly sessions, parents will be shown how to use the VU Webex system so that they may participate ‘virtually’ in regular tutorials in future. Of course, all students are welcome to attend regular tutorials in person, if they prefer.
The way we see it, there are so many advantages of Kids in Class for studying parents:
- saving on childcare costs
- alleviating pressure on babysitters
- more time spent with kids
- networking opportunities with other parents returning to study/work
- demystifying university for children.
VU is committed to ensuring parents feel supported and welcome throughout their tertiary studies, and beyond.
Writer: Marina Kalcina